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Selectmen, Moderator races take shape

March 17, 2015

Walpole Selectwoman Nancy Mackenzie took out nomination papers last week to run for re-election.

Selectman Chris Timson, meanwhile, will not run for a fourth term on the Board, but will instead run for Moderator. He took out papers from the Town Clerk for that seat last week.

Local attorney Tom Brady also took out nomination papers for Moderator last week. Mr. Brady ran for the post last year, and came within 100 votes of knocking off incumbent Jon Rockwood. Mr. Rockwood announced this month that he would not run again, clearing the way for an open race between Mr. Timson and Mr. Brady.

Former Selectman Eric Kraus is still expected to pull nomination papers soon to run for Selectman, but he played coy when asked about it recently by 180. He claimed he has not made up his mind yet on another run, though he conceded that he wants the job and he has the ability to commit the necessary time for office. Mr. Kraus previously left the Board after one term, in 2013, because of time pressures with his work for a company based in Bermuda. He has now left that company and is working for Clean Harbors.

Meanwhile, Precinct 4 Town Meeting Rep. David Salvatore, a fiscal conservative, is reportedly soon going to announce a campaign for Selectman. Mr. Salvatore, an attorney whose father served as a City Councilor in Providence, R.I. from 1974 to 1982, has already lined up the support of several key political leaders in Walpole for a campaign.

A fourth candidate for Selectman is expected to emerge within the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the race for two three-year seats on the Sewer and Water Commission will be extremely competitive this year. While incumbents Pat Fasanello and Ken Fettig both took out nomination papers to run again, they will be faced by Precinct 6 RTM Ken Guyette and former RTM Thomas Brown. Both Mr. Guyette and Mr. Brown are expected to have a very good shot at ousting one or both of the incumbents. This race will be one to watch. Although the Sewer and Water Commission has attracted a lot of candidates in recent years, Mr. Guyette and Mr. Brown are particularly strong challengers.

In the special election for a two-year term on Sewer and Water Commission, incumbent Bill Abbott will face former Selectman Bill Hamilton and former Commissioner James Paul Taylor.

In the race for the two available seats on the School Committee, Precinct 7 RTM and former School Committee member Bill Buckley, who took out papers last month to reclaim a seat on the committee, has already launched an active “listening tour” going door-to-door across town. He is vying for the open seat left by Patrick Shield who announced he will not run again. Incumbent Jennifer Geosits will run for re-election. No other candidates have emerged at this time, though some current RTMs are looking at potential candidacies.

In the races for Planning Board and all other committees, nothing has changed since 180’s last update.

In the RTM races, former state rep. candidate Tim Hempton and former Selectman candidate Joe Monahan will run for seats in Precinct 1; and former RTMs Mark Trudell, in Precinct 4, and Laura Garrity, in Precinct 7, will attempt to reclaim seats. Other new names and faces will run as well, from their respective precincts. It is very likely that every precinct will see at least nominal competition for RTM seats this year.

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